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Diocesan Catholic School Leaders Meet in Preparation of New Year

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The Diocese of Raleigh’s 32 schools and early childhood centers are set to open in two weeks with an estimated enrollment of 9,000 students, matching last year’s number. On Friday, August 3, 2012, the principals and directors held their annual meeting with Dr. Michael J. Fedewa, Superintendent of Catholic Formation and Education, and his staff to review policies and procedures and to address new initiatives and regulations that will go into effect for the 2012-2013 school year.

Diocesan Assistant Superintendent for Instructional Services Mrs. Rosalie Innacelli discussed curriculum and testing procedures and also shared with the principals the resource material to be used during the Year of Faith which will begin in the Diocese on October 20 at the annual Diocesan Catholic Convocation. (See resource packet.)

Dr. John Pendergrass, Assistant Superintendent for Administration and Compliance, provided an overview of the Diocesan Safe Environment program. Other Diocesan departments making presentations included Human Resources, Finance and Communications. Mrs. Anne Stahel and Mrs. Colleen Grochowski reminded the principals of the Msgr. Gerald L. Lewis Award presented annually to a teacher in the Diocese marking excellence in education.

The Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge expressed his gratitude to the educational leaders, telling them they are part of God’s divine plan. “How did we get here at this time?” the Bishop asked. “Each of us has a story, but one thing we all have in common is our faith in God.”

Bishop Burbidge spoke of the opportunity the coming year provides Catholic educators to help students understand that they are part of something bigger than their school and parish. He said the planned new Cathedral offers that possibility through the material included for students in the Year of Faith resource packet. 

He also spoke of the opportunity the opening of the Cause for Beatification of Father Thomas F. Price offers students to learn more about the history of the Diocese. Father Price presents a perfect model of sainthood, the Bishop noted, especially through his missionary zeal and his dedicated commitment to the faith.

In closing, the Bishop asked the educators to reflect upon three important elements this school year:

  1. Embrace the privilege that is yours and give thanks to God for what he has entrusted to you.
  2. You are never alone. The Bishop reminded them of the support they have from him and the Catholic Schools Office.
  3. The need to be a person of deep prayer. “It is the best gift you can give yourself and others,” the Bishop said.


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